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Funeral director Tak Chung Lau throws paper models of items that belonged to Dam Lam into the flames during Lam's funeral at Universal Chung Wah Funeral Home in Alhambra. The Chinese tradition of burning paper has become extravagant in the last decade, with families burning models of objects as varied as villas, bicycles and cellphones.

( Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times )

Funeral director Tak Chung Lau throws paper models of items that belonged to Dam Lam into the flames during Lam's funeral at Universal Chung Wah Funeral Home in Alhambra. The Chinese tradition of burning paper has become extravagant in the last decade, with families burning models of objects as varied as villas, bicycles and cellphones.

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